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Friends of Maplewood

Colorful handmade flies
August 13, 2019
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Fly tying and fishing at Maplewood State Park

Maplewood’s first fly fishing class was presented by fly fishing enthusiast and Friends of Maplewood member, Scott Stenshoel. The program introduced participants to the “art” of fly fishing , along with instruction of the “art” of “home-made” fly-tying. Each participant geared up with fly rods ...
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June 10, 2019
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June Summer Activities at Maplewood State Park

From Friends of Maplewood State Park __________ Michelle Yarmakov / P&TC photo contest Meditation at Maplewood Monday, June 17; 6:30pm-7:15pm “When we get closer to nature—be it untouched wilderness or a backyard tree—we do our overstressed brains a favor” reports National Geographic.  We live busy, ...
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February 11, 2019
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Maple Syruping, Trail Realignment, Leaf Days, and More

excerpts from the Friends of Maplewood State Park's winter/spring 2019 newsletter Maple Syrup Season As we sit inside trying to stay warm and thinking about the coming of spring, the sap is thinking it's soon time to pack its bags and begin the trip up ...
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a group poses with their newly picked prairie seeds
January 22, 2019
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Friends Groups Make an Impact through Grant Program

P&TC secured $50,000 of grant funding from the Henry S. Crosby Foundation in order to launch a multi-year initiative to engage friends groups in implementing habitat restoration projects in state parks. In 2018, five friends groups each received a $5,000 grant to spearhead a location-appropriate, ...
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a crowd in the picnic shelter enjoys the music
July 23, 2018
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Music Fills the Air at Maplewood State Park

Community members flocked to Maplewood State Park to attend two music concerts
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Tree Planting at Maplewood State Park
June 18, 2018
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Friends respond to emerald ash borer by planting maples at Maplewood State Park

In a project coordinated by the Friends of Maplewood State Park and DNR staff, 15 sugar maple trees have been planted in the park. The newly planted trees, which are between six to ten feet tall, are a proactive response to the threat posed by the invasive insect known as emerald ash borer (EAB)
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May 4, 2018
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P&TC awards $5,000 grants to Friends Groups for restoration projects in state parks

Five volunteer-led Friends Groups have each received a $5,000 grant from Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota to spearhead habitat restoration projects within state parks. Parks & Trails Council worked with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to identify potential projects and overlap them with …

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Maplewood State Park Sugar Shack nearly complete
September 13, 2017
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Maplewood State Park Sugar Shack Dedication

It's time to say thank you to all who contributed time and money to the project.
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March 2, 2017
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DNR highlights new parks and trails offerings for 2017

New offerings come after record number of visitors utilize state’s parks and trails system in 2016; DNR seeks moderate fee increases to support increased demand for parks and trails maintenance and services. A variety of new experiences await visitors to Minnesota state parks and trails in 2017. For example, you can:
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Workers putting up the siding on the sugar shack
November 26, 2016
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Building the Sugar Shack

For years the Friends of Maplewood have been fundraising and coordinating logistics to build a sugar shack for the growing maple syrup interpretive program.
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Crafting station in the park
August 26, 2012
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Bringing new people to an outdoor recreation gem

Friends of Maplewood State Park has about 100 members, with another 30 on an advisory committee. The group publishes a quarterly newsletter and has helped add to the amenities of the park over the last 15 years. In 2008, the group built the Josh Hanson Memorial Picnic Shelter, in honor of the son of long-time park ranger Bob Hanson, a project that cost $130,000.
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